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India reports 8,603 fresh Covid cases in India

India reports 8,603 fresh Covid cases in India

Rediff.com28 minutes ago

The daily rise in infections has been below 50,000 for 160 consecutive days now.

S Africa returnee jumps home quarantine in Chandigarh, action ordered

S Africa returnee jumps home quarantine in Chandigarh, action ordered

Rediff.com4 hours ago

A woman who returned to Chandigarh from South Africa two days ago allegedly broke home quarantine and went to a five-star hotel in Chandigarh, prompting the authorities on Friday to order strict action against her for violating COVID protocols for travellers.

Farmers stir has changed politics and policy-making

Farmers stir has changed politics and policy-making

Rediff.com5 hours ago

The Centre's retreat from the farm laws is likely to have a significant bearing on the fate of laws that the Centre has made, for instance, in labour and electricity, predicts A K Bhattacharya.

New Navy chief backs Maritime Theatre Command

New Navy chief backs Maritime Theatre Command

Rediff.com16 hours ago

Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Radhakrishnan Hari Kumar said on Friday that his force is fully capable of confronting any security threat and fully backed the ambitious tri-services reforms that included setting up of a maritime theatre command.

INSACOG suggests booster doses for people above 40 years

INSACOG suggests booster doses for people above 40 years

Rediff.com17 hours ago

'Vaccination of all remaining unvaccinated at-risk people and consideration of a booster dose for those 40 years of age and over, first targeting the most high-risk / high-exposure may be considered,' the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Sequencing Consortium (INSACOG) said in its weekly bulletin dated November 29.

Govt takes 'expert advice' on booster dose, jabs for children

Govt takes 'expert advice' on booster dose, jabs for children

Rediff.com19 hours ago

A decision on booster dose and Covid jabs for children will be taken on the basis of scientific guidance from experts, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Friday even as India stepped up surveillance for Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Pak allows India to transport wheat, medicines to Kabul on Afghan trucks

Pak allows India to transport wheat, medicines to Kabul on Afghan trucks

Rediff.com19 hours ago

Pakistan on Friday agreed to let India transport 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat and life-saving drugs as humanitarian assistance for the people of Afghanistan on Afghan trucks through the Wagah border crossing, after a row erupted between the two countries over the modalities of transportation.

What makes Raveena so HOT?

What makes Raveena so HOT?

Rediff.com19 hours ago

'Hot is more of a mindset. If you think you're hot, you are hot!'

Plea in HC against allowing same sex marriage under Hindu Marriage Act

Plea in HC against allowing same sex marriage under Hindu Marriage Act

Rediff.com21 hours ago

The plea argued that any changes such as inclusion of same sex marriage in the Customary Law are much easier, convenient and practical in marriages which are a type of contract between the partners as they are very remotely based on religion and more generic in nature.

BJP's counter protest in Parliament triggers face-off with Opposition

BJP's counter protest in Parliament triggers face-off with Opposition

Rediff.com21 hours ago

There were some tense moments as BJP members, carrying placards, marched towards the opposition members near the Gandhi statue in Parliament premises to condemn their 'undemocratic actions' inside the House.

'Swiggy is exploiting its delivery boys'

'Swiggy is exploiting its delivery boys'

Rediff.com21 hours ago

'They don't tell us what they take from customers. They don't tell customers what they give us.'

Some foreign returnees untraceable in Vizag amid Omicron fears

Some foreign returnees untraceable in Vizag amid Omicron fears

Rediff.com22 hours ago

"Protocol is very clear. Once any international traveller test positive, apart from following the routine protocol of containment and treatment, we are sending their samples to genome sequencing," said Mallikarjuna.

Sorry Mamata, but Congress-mukt Opposition isn't possible

Sorry Mamata, but Congress-mukt Opposition isn't possible

Rediff.com23 hours ago

On its own or with allies the Congress has a strong presence in states that account for a total of 253 LS seats, or 20 short of the magic figure of 272 required to form a government at the Centre. So what is Mamata Banerjee talking about, asks N Sathiya Moorthy.

How can there be talks with suspended MPs, they're not sorry: Goyal

How can there be talks with suspended MPs, they're not sorry: Goyal

Rediff.com1 days ago

Amid a stalemate over the suspension of 12 opposition Rajya Sabha MPs, Leader of the House Piyush Goyal on Friday said how can there be a reconciliation when these members are unwilling to apologise for their unruly behaviour in the previous session.

It's raining Rs 1 crore offers at IIT-Delhi

It's raining Rs 1 crore offers at IIT-Delhi

Rediff.com1 days ago

Sixty such offers have been made on Day 1 of the placement drive.

We're portrayed as a 'villain': SC during pollution hearing

We're portrayed as a 'villain': SC during pollution hearing

Rediff.com1 days ago

The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Centre and the states in the National Capital Region (NCR) to implement the orders of the panel on air quality management to curb air pollution while ruing that some sections of the media have 'portrayed' it as a 'villain' which wants to close down schools in New Delhi.

'We don't want time-pass trial of Malegaon blast case'

'We don't want time-pass trial of Malegaon blast case'

Rediff.com1 days ago

'If there is effective prosecution, only then we will get justice, but first let them (NIA) run the case honestly in court.'

Active COVID-19 cases in India increase to 99,976

Active COVID-19 cases in India increase to 99,976

Rediff.com1 days ago

The death toll climbed to 4,70,115 with 391 fresh fatalities, including 320 from Kerala.

Modi And The Arrogance Of Not Learning

Modi And The Arrogance Of Not Learning

Rediff.com1 days ago

The Modi government's defeat on farm laws underlines the perils of governing an entire continent-sized, diverse and federal nation like the chief minister of a state, observes Shekhar Gupta.

The Dangerous Ploy of Poll Freebies

The Dangerous Ploy of Poll Freebies

Rediff.com1 days ago

The culture of freebies burdens coming generations with the huge bill for the flagrant abuse of power by preceding governments, points out Virendra Kapoor.

95% of samples from Delhi in last 6 months had Delta variant

95% of samples from Delhi in last 6 months had Delta variant

Rediff.com1 days ago

Ninety-five per cent of samples from Delhi sequenced at the National Centre for Disease Control in the last six months were found infected with the Delta variant of the coronavirus, government data showed.

2 cases of Omicron found in Karnataka, says govt

2 cases of Omicron found in Karnataka, says govt

Rediff.com1 days ago

Two cases of the new Omicron variant of coronavirus have been detected in Karnataka, the Union government said on Thursday while asking people not to panic but follow Covid-appropriate behaviour and get vaccinated without delay.

Victims of Pegasus spyware to depose before Bengal panel from Dec 13

Victims of Pegasus spyware to depose before Bengal panel from Dec 13

Rediff.com1 days ago

Deposition of persons claiming to be 'directly affected' by alleged phone-tapping using Pegasus software will commence from December 13 before a two-man commission of inquiry set up by the Mamata Banerjee government, one of its constituents Justice (retd) Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya said on Thursday.

Foresee intensive Ind-Russia engagement Dec 6: MEA

Foresee intensive Ind-Russia engagement Dec 6: MEA

Rediff.com1 days ago

"We foresee a very intensive engagement during the day that will culminate in the summit," the MEA spokesperson said.

Cyclone Jawad: Ensure safe evacuation of people, Modi tells officials

Cyclone Jawad: Ensure safe evacuation of people, Modi tells officials

Rediff.com1 days ago

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday reviewed the preparedness to deal with the situation arising out of the likely formation of Cyclone Jawad that is expected to hit the North Andhra Pradesh-Odisha coast and directed officials to take every possible measure to ensure that people are safely evacuated.

12 new N-reactors to come up, including in north India: Govt

12 new N-reactors to come up, including in north India: Govt

Rediff.com1 days ago

The nation will have nine nuclear reactors by 2024 and a new nuclear project, the first in northern India, will come up 150 kms away from Delhi in Gorakhpur of Haryana, the government informed the Rajya Sabha.

60% of Central Vista project has been done, govt tells Lok Sabha

60% of Central Vista project has been done, govt tells Lok Sabha

Rediff.com1 days ago

Redevelopment of the Central Vista Avenue, stretching from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate and has a deadline of December 2021, has achieved 60 per cent of physical progress, the Union housing and urban affairs ministry told the Lok Sabha on Thursday.

CIC gets 8 weeks to decide on appeal against MHA's refusal on e-spying

CIC gets 8 weeks to decide on appeal against MHA's refusal on e-spying

Rediff.com1 days ago

Justice Yashwant Varma took on record and accepted the statement made by CIC counsel that all endeavour shall be made to decide the appeal expeditiously and in any case within 8 weeks.

Cong has no divine right to head opposition: Prashant Kishor

Cong has no divine right to head opposition: Prashant Kishor

Rediff.com1 days ago

A day after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's comment that there was no United Progressive Alliance anymore, Kishor, who has earlier been political advisor to various parties, also called for democratically electing the opposition leadership.

'Why is the government scared?'

'Why is the government scared?'

Rediff.com1 days ago

'The Galwan crisis involves the security of the nation, can't we spend eight hours on that?' 'Why are you scared? Why are you running away from that?

Pollution: SC gives Centre, Delhi govt 24 hrs; schools shut

Pollution: SC gives Centre, Delhi govt 24 hrs; schools shut

Rediff.com2 days ago

Stating that 'we cannot...infuse creativity in your bureaucracy', the apex court warned it will have to do something extraordinary if the authorities failed to control pollution.

No debate on inflation, farmers in RS: Cong, oppn MPs walk out

No debate on inflation, farmers in RS: Cong, oppn MPs walk out

Rediff.com2 days ago

Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge sought to raise the issue of inflation and price rise and demanded a discussion on it. The deputy chairman said it cannot be entertained as the Question Hour was on.

4 more flyers from 'at-risk' countries test positive at IGIA

4 more flyers from 'at-risk' countries test positive at IGIA

Rediff.com2 days ago

Their samples have been sent to the National Centre for Disease Control for genome sequencing to ascertain if they have the new variant, Omicron, which has been classified as 'variant of concern' by the WHO.

Delhi gasps for breath as AQI turns 'severe' again

Delhi gasps for breath as AQI turns 'severe' again

Rediff.com2 days ago

According to Ministry of Earth Science's air quality monitor 'SAFAR', the air quality is likely to improve from Friday onwards due to better wind speed.

Congress to launch all-out attack against Mamata

Congress to launch all-out attack against Mamata

Rediff.com2 days ago

Mamata's 'there is no United Progressive Alliance (UPA)' remark after a meeting in Mumbai with Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, an ally of Congress in Maharashtra, evoked a strong response from the party, currently being led by interim president Sonia Gandhi.

upGrad files Rs 3 cr trademark infringement suit against edtech firm Scaler

upGrad files Rs 3 cr trademark infringement suit against edtech firm Scaler

Rediff.com2 days ago

Ronnie Screwvala-led edtech unicorn upGrad, has filed a suit for trademark infringement against another EdTech company called Scaler. The suit has been filed in the Delhi high court for violation of intellectual property relating to upGrad's trademark. It has also sought damages of more than Rs 3 crore. upGrad accused Scaler of using its brand name 'upGrad' through Google Ads to appear on top of search results on Google Search Engine and in turn gaining illicit benefit.

Active Covid cases in country increase to 99.7k

Active Covid cases in country increase to 99.7k

Rediff.com2 days ago

The death toll climbed to 4,69,724 with 477 fresh fatalities including, 403 from Kerala, according to the data updated at 8 am.

Why Are These Cops Detaining 'Modi'?

Why Are These Cops Detaining 'Modi'?

Rediff.com2 days ago

Youth Congress members staged a raucuous protest against the Modi government over rising inflation and the hike in fuel prices in New Delhi, December 1, 2021.

'Nobody should feel only some opinions are heard, and some opinions are ignored'

'Nobody should feel only some opinions are heard, and some opinions are ignored'

Rediff.com2 days ago

'Have you seen a situation like this anywhere before, globally or in India, where a government says, okay, we are withdrawing a law because you don't want it?'

Akali leader Manjinder Sirsa joins BJP ahead of Punjab polls

Akali leader Manjinder Sirsa joins BJP ahead of Punjab polls

Rediff.com2 days ago

Sirsa has been a prominent face of the Akali Dal in the national capital and was a strong supporter of the farmers' protests against the three contentious farm laws. He said he will continue to work for Sikh causes.

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